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American High School Teacher looking to teach English in Poland


janbe
14 Aug 2021 #1
Hi,

I am currently employed as a history teacher at a private high school in the U.S. mostly teaching world history, AP American History and AP European History. I have a B.S. and M.S. in Political Science. I am of Polish descent and have a Polish passport so I won't have any trouble with a working legally in Poland. I have entertained the idea of going back to the country of my birth for some time and have recently finished a CELTA certification course. I am particularly interested in work in Warsaw and am writing here in hopes of getting some advice on how to get started.

A few questions:

Having searched jooble, indeed and pracuj.pl I've noticed that there are few adverts for native speakers written in English. Most positions seem to be advertised in Polish. So, is there still a vibrant job market in ESL for native speakers in Warsaw?

Aside from postings on job listing sites, are there other methods of finding ESL jobs that veterans here can share?

Have people here found success emailing CVs and cover letters to schools that don't have any job announcements or only have such announcements in Polish?

Are online Polish recruiter sites useful in this job market?

Any advice about looking for an ESL job in Warsaw would be greatly appreciated.
Joker 2 | 2,165
15 Aug 2021 #2
I am currently employed as a history teacher

Why would you quit a good paying job to go work in Poland for 1/3 of the money? Theres already a multitude of Brits doing the same thing and working for peanuts over there. Powodzenia:)
OP janbe
15 Aug 2021 #3
@Joker

Honestly, I want a change of scenery. Leaving money on the table isn't that important to me. I just want to try something new and hoped that people here might have some good information for a TEFL newbie like me.
Novichok 2 | 5,440
15 Aug 2021 #4
I want a change of scenery.

That scenery will get old very quickly and you will be stuck with the negatives. Those never go away or get better.
mafketis 32 | 10,524
15 Aug 2021 #5
is there still a vibrant job market in ESL for native speakers in Warsaw?

No. Hasn't been for years. Natives with functional to fluent Polish can do well but it takes time to build up a client base. The idea is you have a job for basic expenses and healthcare and do extra work (classes, editing, translation) for disposable income.

Also in Poland, feet on the ground means a lot. Once you're in the country you physically go around rather than correspond (even if people tell you it's not that way anymore.... it's still that way).

Also, don't start off in Warsaw. I would suggest a city of around 100,000 (or less) with good connections to a city of 500,000 or more.

I always say that Poland can be a great place to live (once you figure out how things work and stop trying to change them) but it doesn't have a user-friendly interface.

Don't give up on the idea of Poland but Warsaw.... is not a place for newbies (and lots more expensive than anywhere else for.... not much more).

"there are few adverts for native speakers written in English"

They want to filter out those who don't know Polish (who have the potential to be massive pains in the neck).
jon357 69 | 18,445
15 Aug 2021 #6
are there other methods of finding ESL jobs

Try tefl.com


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